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Add second web front end server process? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a 3 server farm right now (web server, application server, DB server) and we'd like to add a second web server and load balance it.  I was able to add the server successfully to the farm but how do you go about getting it to the same configuration and running state as the existing web server?  Do I need to install all the custom solutions on it?  Do I need to copy anything from the existing web servers 12 hive or inetpub folders?

    Right now when I access the SharePoint portal site on the newly added server I get a HTTP Error 500.19, Internal Server Error.  It goes on to say the configuration file is not well-formed xml.

    Can anyone help me?

    Thursday, April 7, 2011 12:18 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    you need to add a new server as WFE in SharePoint Farm and configure load balance, you need to make new WFE2 as similar as existing WFE1, so you need to do the following:

    1- install sharepoint on new server.

    2- run configuration wizard on it, and connect it to existing farm.

    3- from central administration, configure new server to run as WFEm by running windows sharepoint service.

    4- sharepoint by default will copy all IIS web sites ( web applications) to new WFE, so you don't need to do eny thing in this step.

    5- copy any customiztion in existing WFE to new WFE. such as ( DLLs, Images, Custom application page,..). two servers must be identical.

     

    for more deatils read,

    http://www.sharepointblogs.com/aaronrh/archive/2007/04/13/sharepoint-farm-virtual-server-and-network-load-balancing.aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-IE/sharepointgeneral/thread/49533aea-8fa4-475d-ad46-cbe6c24cd486


    Best Regrads, Ahmed Madany MCT @twitter http://twitter.com/ahmed_madany @tumblr http://ahmedmadany.tumblr.com
    • Marked as answer by GWsysadmin Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:53 PM
    Friday, April 8, 2011 1:14 PM
  • Ahmed Madany is correct on this.  You must ensure that your newly added server has the identical solutions deployed to it.  If the solutions were deployed via solution management page then they will replicate over.  If are not deployed in that manner then you must deploy them manually.  Make note of the entries of the web.config file for the site as well on the original server, they must exist on the new server.
    Regards, Savoeurn Va Microsoft Online Community Support
    Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:42 PM

All replies

  • Hello GWsysadmin,

    Thank you for your question.

    I am trying to involve someone familiar with this topic to further look at this issue. There might be some time delay. Appreciate your patience.

    Thank you for your understanding and support.

    Friday, April 8, 2011 9:20 AM
  • Thanks for the update.  I've since managed to get the portal web application working on the new server but none of the custom solutions or web parts work on it.  I'm still wondering if there's additional steps I need to perform to get those working. 
    Friday, April 8, 2011 12:55 PM
  • Hi,

    you need to add a new server as WFE in SharePoint Farm and configure load balance, you need to make new WFE2 as similar as existing WFE1, so you need to do the following:

    1- install sharepoint on new server.

    2- run configuration wizard on it, and connect it to existing farm.

    3- from central administration, configure new server to run as WFEm by running windows sharepoint service.

    4- sharepoint by default will copy all IIS web sites ( web applications) to new WFE, so you don't need to do eny thing in this step.

    5- copy any customiztion in existing WFE to new WFE. such as ( DLLs, Images, Custom application page,..). two servers must be identical.

     

    for more deatils read,

    http://www.sharepointblogs.com/aaronrh/archive/2007/04/13/sharepoint-farm-virtual-server-and-network-load-balancing.aspx

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-IE/sharepointgeneral/thread/49533aea-8fa4-475d-ad46-cbe6c24cd486


    Best Regrads, Ahmed Madany MCT @twitter http://twitter.com/ahmed_madany @tumblr http://ahmedmadany.tumblr.com
    • Marked as answer by GWsysadmin Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:53 PM
    Friday, April 8, 2011 1:14 PM
  • Ahmed Madany is correct on this.  You must ensure that your newly added server has the identical solutions deployed to it.  If the solutions were deployed via solution management page then they will replicate over.  If are not deployed in that manner then you must deploy them manually.  Make note of the entries of the web.config file for the site as well on the original server, they must exist on the new server.
    Regards, Savoeurn Va Microsoft Online Community Support
    Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:42 PM